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Posted 8/11/2016

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By Mike W. Petersen
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Public Affairs

Website on thin-layer placement to debut in Aug. 31 webinar

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Dredging Operations Technical Support Program will launch a new website dedicated to the practice of thin-layer placement of dredged material.

The newly developed Thin-Layer Placement of Dredged Material website will officially launch during the next DOTS webinar August 31, and will consolidate a growing wealth of information and resources on thin-layer placement for use across the dredging community of practice.

The DOTS Program provides direct environmental and engineering technical support to the Corps’ navigation and dredging missions.
“The webinar is open to anyone interested in the topic. The ultimate goal of the Thin-Layer Placement of Dredged Material website is to consolidate, as a living resource, all information and data available from projects and literature relevant to thin-layer placement,” said Cynthia Banks, DOTS program manager.

The interactive, highly visual tool is the result of collaborative investments from DOTS, as well as USACE’s Regional Sediment Management Program, managed by Linda Lillycrop.

“To the extent possible, we work to align our Navigation Research, Development and Technology programs by collaborating and leveraging funding to provide resources that will support our districts and divisions’ project planning, design, and construction,” said Banks.

Damarys Acevedo-Mackey, research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, will be presenting. Acevedo-Mackey’s main research and development focus is on the beneficial use of dredged material, and remediation technologies for contaminated sediments, soils, and water for the purpose of determining effectiveness of remediation technologies.
The new site contains a growing body of searchable resources pertaining to all stages of dredged-material based beneficial use projects, including those pertinent to conceptualization, design, implementation and long term management.

“Users can do a broad category search to locate resources relevant to a specific project stage, and ultimately will be able to access and download data and project information through a map-based database,” Acevedo-Mackey said.

The site includes a GIS-based map portal for submitting case studies and for displaying data and resources associated with each case study. This tool will integrate a robust repository of resources that are part of the Navigation Data Integration Framework Initiative to facilitate project planning. Information available through the map portal includes navigation channels (from the National Channel Framework), dredging schedules, placement areas, thin-layer placement projects, source material location, sediment data (from the sediment analysis and geo-app, saga) and hydrodynamic site data.

The new site will continue to integrate new information from across the dredging community of practice.

“In order to add relevant information to our database, we will solicit case studies, modeling tools, references, sediment data and other resources that may be useful in the context of thin layer placement projects from our community of practice,” said Banks.

The launch event webinar is August 31 at 1:00p.m. CST, and will include a 30-minute presentation and 15 minutes for questions and answers.

DOTS Webinar: Thin-Layer Placement of Dredged Materials Website launch event

Wednesday, August 31 at 1:00p.m. CST

Audio Conference Information

USA Toll-Free: 888-273-3658
Access Code: 2069467
Security Code: 4321

Web Conference Information

URL: https://www.webmeeting.att.com
Meeting Number: 8882733658
Access Code: 2069467